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Sep 10, 2012 5:00pm PDT
for live chances pay depend on what kind of pets you have. and michael finney shows where you can find bargains, coming up at 6:00. >> and thank you. >> and a reminder about abc 7's all new afternoon line up that started today. again general hospital airing at 1:00 p.m. instead of two. and there is katie at 3:00. >> world news is next with diane
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Sep 5, 2012 4:00pm PDT
's not what she said, but what she wore. >> and michael finney is taking your questions on twitter and facebook and women answer them here, live, you can contact michael on facebook.com/michael finney or on twitter. >> and checking traffic at 4:1 is -- 4:11. the usual grim scene left to right. traffic is heading towards lower deck of the bay bridge. folks head together east bay, better for folks bound for the peninsula and 101 south. stay with us. more hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> there is a new executive at yahoo and lor yeen jobs new role. and and for those stories and more and hi, larry. and it's uncovered for seriously violations and six of and the alleged abuses include excessive overtime and investigators reported exhausting working conditions foremost employees to work while standing up to 12 hours, samsung said it will start reevaluating practices in china. james chung says we review our manufacturing facilities regarding overti
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Sep 2, 2012 9:00am PDT
sleep walk with me is a snoozer. and michael finney with the warning about a con artist that are so low of this is the plan that revolves around you. introducing share everything. unlimited talk. unlimited text. tap into a single pool of shareable data and add up to 10 different devices, including smartphones and tablets. the first plan of its kind. share everything. only from verizon. get $100 off select motorola 4g lte smartphones like the droid razr. >> terry: 9:45, it looks like a couple looks of compressed marine layer that we've been looking at this morning. looking out at tam cam, sutro tower and how thick the fog is. below the fog, this is what it looks like. a live picture of the golden gate bridge. you can see the lens is wet. fog is thick. those folks don't have any idea how sunny it is. if they stick around the bay area they'll get their sunshine. more from lisa argen in just a little bit. >>> many americans are looking for jobs right now, but watch out. con artists are trying to take advantage of even that. one bay area man was about to be swindled out of hundreds of dollar
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Sep 5, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. >> and coming up, from 7 on your side's michael finney, banking season. >> and california teachers getting huge pay raises to boost pension autos and why america's love affair with smart phone apps may >>> state controller just released a review on a practice called pension spiking. and and they found california state university retirement system failed to curb a controversial tax-payer subsidized practice when workers get a huge boost in pay before retirement so salary used to calculate pension checks for the rest of their lives includes the late raise. the controller likens it to public theft. >> it increases the amount that is paid out over the course of a person's retirement. and may not be reflective of how much they earn. and and having sending it to san francisco unified. six months before retiring. there is electronic methods that can detect large raises but doesn't follow up to question execkive pay back. >> it's ridiculous to me. >> this mother of 14, because of cuts, parents have to buy basics. now to hear of money going to pension spiking instead of classrooms laurie is furious. >>
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Sep 13, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. >> and tonight microsoft claiming it's identified a source of global online crime. >> there is michael finney. >> they say they track it down to one guy. >> the giant internet company says it's located the source of hundreds of viruses used to loot the bank account and seal your identity. there is a target domain. court records claim it's responsible for creating hundreds of viruses, used by online criminals around the world. microsoft says it has long been used to invade computers of customers and the company face traced to it a businessman who denies the claims and microsoft saying consumers believe smikz at fault for problems caused by malicious software. good news on the housing front sales of new and previously occupied homes are well above last year's levels. there is home prices increasing and the number of americans in homes worth less than mortgages is decreasing. and there is a long way perfect returning to a healthy market. >> what would you do to save on gas? there is a new survey finds many of us want to buy electric cars if only we had the money. there is 25% said they'd buy a h
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Sep 2, 2012 5:00am PDT
. and seven on your side's michael finney about the con artists who are trying to hey, there's barely a line at space mountain. you there ! i am looking for someone, hair black as night, skin white as snow ! yeah, yeah, i got that ! she is at the castle. dad ! honey ! but she's on the move. disney mobile magic, on verizon. you wouldn't happen to have an apple ? find characters, access wait times for the park you're in, and enjoy premium features when you download disney mobile magic, powered by verizon. these are sandra's "homemade" yummy, scrumptious bars. hmm? maybe. rich chocolate chips... i just wanted you to eat more fiber. chewy, oatie, gooeyness... and, and...and then the awards started coming in, and i became addicted to the fame. topped with chocolaty drizzle... and fraudulence. i'm in deep, babe. you certainly are. [ male announcer ] fiber one. fiber beyond recognition. >> the time is right around a quarter to six on this sunday morning. we are looking out from our camera out there at the east shore freeway. you see a lot of cars coming this way. not so many leaving town. looking o
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Sep 9, 2012 5:00am PDT
learned to swim. >> a gift card complaint i have never received before. i'm michael finney. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios 100% new. ♪ 100% greek. 100% mmm... ♪ oh wow, that is mmm... ♪ in fact it's so mmm you might not believe it's a hundred calories. well ok then, new yoplait greek 100. it is so good. ♪ welcome back. it's 5:33. thanks for getting up with us this sunday morning, september 9th. this is a live look from our damage cam. a pretty view there. it's going to be a relatively nice day today. lisa argen will be along in just a bit with a full accuweather forecast. knowing how to swim could earn you a gold medal some day or it could save your life. that's the message behind a bay area visit electric an athlete with five olympic medals and a world record, a career that abc7 news reporter johnathan bloom explains almost didn't happen. >> reporter: watching olympic swimmer collin jones warm up with the pool, there's one thing about him
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Sep 9, 2012 9:00am PDT
complaint i have never received before. i am michael finney. 7 on your side >> welcome back. the time right now is 9:44 on this september 1th. on this day back in 1850, california was admitted as the 31st state. hey, we've got all kinds of attractions. this is santa cruz, a live look now. would you like to go to the boardwalk? well, if you can't make it there, you can at least look at the picture. lisa argen will be along just a bit later to tell but the temperatures there and elsewhere. >> knowing how to swim could earn you a gold maddal some day or it could save your life. that's the message behind a bay area visit from an athlete with five olympic medals and a world record, a career that abc7 news reporter johnathan bloom explains almost didn't happen. >> reporter: watching olympic swimmer collin jones warm up in the pool, there's one thing about him you might not guess. >> when i was five years old i almost drown. >> jones, the first african-american man to set a world record in swimming, came from a family who didn't swim. when he fell overboard on a water ride, he didn't know how to c
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
out the big free for all today. >> you can now get your credit score for free. i'm michael finney and i will i'm michael finney and i will show you how to do it and [ female announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits on their own are amazing, but press out some biscuit dough, add some sauce and some pepperoni and cheese and monday's dinner is now a grands mini pizza party. pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. that's been wrapped in a flaky crust stuffed with a gooey center toasted up all golden brown then given a delicious design? a toaster strudel. pillsbury toaster strudel. so delicious...so fun. >> shakespeare once said all the world is a stage and the u.c. berkeley campus becomes a stage filled with diversity today. it's cal performances third annual fall free for all. arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez has a preview. ♪ >> the music can be hot. ♪ >> or classical. or dance rooted in thousands of years in tradition. cal performances fall free for all defies classification. the auditorium, and casual spots on the cal campus come alive with performances that de
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Sep 6, 2012 6:00pm PDT
by insurance. >> and there is michael finney coming up next, movie gift card just didn't work. and how a man >>> you can imagine michael finney heard just about every possible complaint about gift cards. >> tonight one he never heard before. is a case of historic preservation? >> or none? >> there is is next to the winchester mystery house there is another. do you know those famous theaters that sit there? what are they called? doug williams bought a gift card for a movie. here it is. a little beat up. you can see it says century theaters he brought me here to see the expendables, 2. and they refused to take the card saying we're no longer century theater autos no longer a century theater? take a look at the sign out front next to the street. look at the sign on the building. >> looks like a century theater. that is what he said. it's century 21 on the out side. and she said no longer century theaters. >> and there is the bottom of the sign says winkefter theater. back there against the wall there is another sign saying win chester 21, 22 or 23. so i go to the theater next door. there, i can
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Sep 7, 2012 6:00pm PDT
gets repaired 15 times. and still, it doesn't work. i'm michael finney. [ female announcer ] every day, there's a new reason not to make a home-cooked meal. work, errands, a greasy bag of deep-fried easy. ♪ fortunately with hamburger helper's 40 varieties a home-cooked meal is never out of reach. hamburger helper. help is on the way. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> support is pouring in for the family of ken onyoungstorm, gunned down during a traffic stop and leaves behind a wife and four young children. they are now receiving an outpouring of support. abc 7 news's nick smith is live in martinez for us. nick? >> good evening. there has been a steady stream of families tropping off donations. everything. all saying they want nothing but the best for the office years widow and children. >> officer youngstorm died from injuries on wednesday. and almost immediately, support for his family and
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Sep 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
cars if you don't plan to keep the card, erase it as well. michael finney, 7 on your side. >>> pg&e investigating a power outage in south san jose, 3500 customers right now don't have power. they haven't had it for the last hour. we'll let you know what the outcome is as it continues. >> they are checking out the cause. >>> right now let's check things out with mike. feels warmer this morning. is it colder? >>> couple areas a little warmer, couple other areas cooler, yeah you could be feeling that this morning. 6:17. lack of clouds making late entrance into the bay area now and will do so through 9:00. live doppler showing just how die those clouds are not a radar return to be found. temperatures around 47 in santa rosa, rest of us in the mid to upper 50s except los gatos, 50. temperatures around 53, 54, 55 for monterey bay and inland. today sun around the bay and inland coast more clouds than yesterday. next three nights -- next three days will be our warmest in the forecast, followed by cool to comfortable nights. hopefully, it won't be too unbearable during the day. redwood cit
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Sep 22, 2012 5:00am PDT
is next. and michael finney looks at the best option >> michael: 5:43 saturday morning. summer on the way out. looking out from sutro cam. what a beautiful picture. we live in such a gorgeous area. you see the new span there sticking up. market street. gorgeous picture. a nice day on the way. we aren't going to have any stunning transition into autumn. lisa will be here to guide us into that area. the company that owns knocks barry farm is shutting down it's wind seeker rides at all six parks coast-to-coast while it investigates the malfunctions. the latest was wednesday when the one in ben no park trapped for 4 hours, trapping people in the air. it was the second malfunction in two weeks. riders were also stranded over the summer on wind seekers in other parks. no one has been injured. the rides are built in the netherlands. >>> new in theaters this weekend, "trouble with the curve." it's clint eastwood as a baseball scout. news and arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez has his review "on the isle." >> is there a style i'm not up on? >> don't you know anything? >> clint eastwood do
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Sep 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
" is a snoozer. and also michael finney with a warning about the con art efforts who are trying to take advantage of the [ taste buds ] donuts, donuts, donuts! who are these guys? oh, that's just my buds. bacon, donuts. -my taste buds. -[ taste buds ] waffles. how about we try this new kind of fiber one cereal? you think you're going to slip some fiber by us? rookie. okay. ♪ nutty clusters and almonds, ♪ ♪ almonds. ♪ fiber one is gonna make you smile. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing new fiber one nutty clusters and almonds. with 43% daily value of fiber for you. crunchy nutty clusters and real almond slices for your taste buds. >> folks, this is art. this has got to be considered art. it's a live picture from our east bay hills camera looking back at san francisco. you can see sutro tower, make it out in the middle of your screen. and, wow, that really tells you a whole lot about what eats like right now weather-wise around the bay. we are going to find out more about weather later in the day from lisa argen. >>> many americans are looking for jobs right now, but watch out. con artists
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Sep 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >>> important tips to keep your baby out of harm's way. michael finney has advice on how to keep kids safe while using highchairs. >>> a sneak peek at what could be apple's latest iphone. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> parents know highchairs can make feeding your baby easier but they can be dangerous more than 11,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year from injuries related to highchairs. michael finney is here with the best picks. >> reporter: good morning! highchairs have come a long way. over the years they've made safety improvements as well as enhancements for convenience. consumer reports has tested the latest models. joyce says a highchair was a must-have for molly. >> you want them at the table with you when you are having family dinners. >> reporter: consume are reports tested 19 chairs costing between $40 and $265. >> tests to ensure they all meet current voluntary safety standards. >> reporter: safest are those with a five-point ha
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Sep 6, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >>> how would you rate the economy? michael finney ahead with a surprising group good morning! wow. want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol. and it tastes good? sure does! right... ♪ wow. delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >> announcer: nation nation starts right now with live breaking news. >>>:13. these are live pictures of a us air ways flight ordered back to the airport because of a threat onboard. wpvi reporting that someone call the airline saying a passenger had an explosive liquid with him and made it past security on to us air ways flight 1267 headed ford dallas. the flight was ordered back to philadelphia where it sits on the tarmac right now. you can see the emergency vehicles all lined up behind it. obviously, authorities will want to check that plane and took to whoever onboard was involved in that. we'll keep you updated. >>> new from china, secr
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Sep 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
kitchen right now. >>> keeping your dishes clean, michael finney is ahead with the detergents leaving plates, forks and cups spotless. >>> later, robin roberts sends fans and supporters >>> welcome back. just released report finds there's arsenic in rice. consumer reports testified 200 samples and found arsenic in organic and regular varieties. now the organization is asking the fda to set limits on how much arsenic can be in rice. rice trade group says there is no evidence of negative health effects from exposure to arsenic in rice. general motors a will have more at 7:00 -- "good morning america" will have more at 7:00. >>> new numbers show the nation's obesity rate continues to climb by 2030, 13 states could of s -- rates over 60%. critics say it is difficult to predict future weight trends. the new study from -- [ inaudible ] >>> choosing a dish washing detergent used to be simple laws have changed so have the formulations. michael finney with the latest on which brands clean the best. >> reporter: good morning. after manufacturers removed polluting phosphate two years ago, some d
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Sep 20, 2012 6:00am PDT
and snow are not kind to decks. michael finney with the stains offering you the best protection. >>> bank of america cutting more jobs. the nation's second largest bank that used to be headquartered here in san francisco plans on shutting 16,000 jobs by the end of the year. executives say cuts are needed to make a leaner and more focused -- make . >>> decks are a wonderful place to relax but keeping them looking good can be a challenge. michael finney with different options and which is the best. >> reporter: good morning. consumer reports is running long term tests on more than 30 deck stains. current findings show some offer better protection than others. if you don't maintain your deck with good stain contractors say you pill pay -- you will pay the consequences >> reporter: tough tests on deck stains to see how well they hold up. these panels set out for years in all kinds of weather some are solid stains that look like paint. these clear sealers show the most wood grain clear sealers need the most maintenance. >> reporter: compare this recently stained wood panel with one that has be
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Sep 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >>> generators are convenient when the power goes out. michael finney with the best options and the one choice >>> good morning. labor dispute continuing to force american airlines to cancel-s of flights. federal officials are stepping up safety checks to make sure operations are running smooth pilots continue to call in sick in large -- smoothly. pilots continue to call in sick in large numbers. the sick calls and maintenance reports are punishment for cost cutting measures imposed by the company. >>> generators are an easy way to keep the lights on during a blackout. there are several options to choose from. michael finney takes a look at the choices and the one you need to use with caution. >> reporter: good morning. a generator can keep things running until the power comes back. couldn't er reports tested more than a dozen. more -- more and more people are convince i had it is worth buying a power generator. >> once lose power for any period of time you don't need any reasons to get a generator, you are going to get within. >> reporter: which one? consumer reports tested 14 -- ranging in p
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
in the world of sports cars? michael finney is ahead with a consumer reports >>> new evidence breakfast is the most important meal of the day. new study finds students who skip breakfast before school saw significant reduction in speed and accuracy in cognitive and memory tests. the study found girls were significantly more disrupted in their ability to focus than boys if they went without breakfast. researchers studied more than 1,000 students. >>> what is the fiskeer karma? the sportest priciest electrical on the market, $100,000. michael finney is here with how the car performs. >> reporter: good morning. a number of celebrities own the fiskeer karma, consumer reports put this vehicle through its paces what a $100,000 car will get you. justin bieber made a smash on his 18 birthday when received one from his manager on the ellen degeneres show. >> we want to make sure you are always looking environmentally friendly. >> reporter: it is a super sleek luxury car. it runs ons go and electricity -- -- it runs on gas and electricity. $108,000 the most expensive car consumer reports tested.
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Sep 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
be coming. >>> online shopping can be convenient, but there are complaints. michael finney is ahead with the sites on top in a new survey. i'm a professional stylist but styling my friend's is my favorite. they all love the latest trends but none of them want to pay full price. they each have their own unique style, so t.j.maxx is a great place because they have such an incredible mix of designers for so much less than the department stores. when my friends feel beautiful i just feel like i scored. fashion direct from designers. savings direct to you. i'm a maxxinista and now so are all my girls. t.j.maxx. let us make a maxxinista out of you. >>> welcome back. new numbers show are spending more money than ever on cell phones. labor department says spending on phone services jumped 4% alone last year. in 2007 the average american family spent over $1100 a year. last year that number jumped to over $1200. the reason? the growing popularity of smartphones and those expensive data plans. >>> google is staying quiet on whether it will release new mapping app for the iphone. sources close
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Sep 30, 2012 5:00am PDT
-for-all today. >> you can now get your credit score for free. i'm michael finney and i will show you how to do it and then how to u >> welcome back, everyone. time right now, 5:45. this is a live look showing you san jose. i know you know the way to san jose where today it's going to be -- well, right now it's 56 degrees and clear skies. on this september 30ing, just 92 days until the end of the year. so get prepared. >> shakespeare said all the world is a stage and the u.c. berkeley campus becomes a stage filled with diversity today. it's cal performances third annual fall free for all. arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez has a preview. >> the music can be hot. >> or classical. or dance rooted in thousands of years in tradition. cal performances fall free for all defies classification. the auditorium, and casual spots on the cal campus come alive with performances that define the wealth of bay area culture. >> not only the breadth of cultural offerings there are and the breadth and depth, but also the quality. >> this is a dance from northern india. typical of what you will find in th
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Sep 15, 2012 5:00am PDT
for an upcoming film. >> living on a budget doesn't mean you have to give up on all the fun. i'm michael finney. later on 7 on your side, three tips to put you on the road to fun and financial secu 4g lte has the fastest speeds. so let's talk about coverage. based on this chart, who would you choose ? wow. you guys take a minute. verizon, hands down. i'm going to show you guys another chart. pretty obvious. i don't think color matters. pretty obvious. what's pretty obvious about it ? that verizon has the coverage. verizon. verizon. we're going to go to another chart. it doesn't really matter how you present it. it doesn't matter how you present it. verizon. more 4g lte coverage than all other networks combined. >> "finding nemo 3d "is playing in movie theaters this weekend. but giving the oscar the special effects was no easy task. they spent nine months converting files from an antiquated computer program, then they had to go through the movie frame by frame to decide which parts were best for 3d. majestic underwater scenes that were so special proved to be difficult. >> when they made the mov
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Sep 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
the fun. i'm michael finney. later on 7 en your side, three tips to put you on the road >>> a welcome distraction for stanford students yesterday as a film crew took over part of the campus for an upcoming comedy starring vince vaughn and owen wilson. we were there with the star-struck students. >> there's music in the air. >> a shout. ♪ >> the last time they were together on the big screen was in "the wedding crashers." we are going to get drunk. but lately vince vaughn and owen wilson have been showing up again on college campuses. >> it's owen wilson, oh, my god! owen wilson! >> here they are walking with the notre dame football team, and the duo was recently spotted at georgia tech filming scenes for the upcoming movie "the interns." now they are filming for scenes for the movie at stanford. >> a lot of times it will say stanford, but it won't be stanford, so it's cool to see them do it at stanford. >> the crew was kept a healthy distance away while they filmed, but a professor had a front row seat from his office window and tweeted this photo of vaughn and wilson shooting a dia
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Sep 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
this phone is. >>> keeping your car tires clean. it can be a dirty job. michael finney ahead with the products making it easy. ment >>> good morning. thank you for joining us, 6:12. you are looking live from our hd roof cam you can see the bay bridge and fog clouds mike says thicker today meaning cooler today socked in at the airport as well mike will have updates on flight delays at sfo as the sun starts to come up and we get a clearer picture. >> right now this update. apple announced this morning that it sold more than two million preorders for the iphone 5 in the first 24 hours. double the number from last year's launch of the. found 4s making it the -- launch the iphone 4s making it the faster ever. die-hard fans camping out many missed out on last week's preorder so if they want one in friday when the phone goes on steal this is one option. other places that may have some units friday include wal-mart, best buy, radioshack, at&t, verizon and sprint >> keeping a car clean isn't only about good looks it is about maintaining your car's value. michael finney has a report on
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00pm PDT
instagram. >> michael finney taking your questions and will answer them here live a little later. you can contact michael on twitter at m finney. >> that family voice keeping drivers up to speed left the air waives. >> that is of course kgo radio's stan he gave a traffic report after 51 years on the radio. and for years kept watch from the helicopter and he says this will be dichb. >> you go on vacation get into the mode of look. i don't have to deal with an alarm clock and this and that. i know don'ts are out there. the part that has yet to sink in is that other obligation that's followed are not coming back. >> he will be inducted into the bay area radio hall of fame october 6th. >> instagram gaining rounds and there is some big growth in asia. >> eastman kodak saying it will exit consumer printing business part of a plan. the company says it's going to stop selling printers next year but will sell ink supplies. kodak is cutting 200 more jobs on top of the 3700 cuts earlier this year. kodak is asking a court for more time to put together its reorganization plan. >> there is microsoft te
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Sep 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. >> and timing is everything when it comes to filling up a gas tank. michael finney explains how to get in on the lowest price of the pump. the news continues in one minute. >>> caltrans announced they will reopen the dunbarton bridge. take a look. there is new video provided by caltrans showing workers installing a new joint in the bridge. caltrans installed a similar joint memorial day weekend. officials will announce at 7:00 tonight when the bridge will reopen. they've promised to reopen by 5:00 in the morning. >> they did a great job. that will make things easier. and if you think it takes a long time, boy, you are right. a survey of the longest after rej commutes puts three bay area cities if the top 25. antioch has the longest commute in the nation, pittsburgh over 31 minutes and novato, a smith over a half hour. the survey did not take into account how far you have to go to work and there is a dog being used to keep invasive species out of the lake in mendocino county. how it pits his sensitive nose against tough muscles. >> this is a labor day tradition, go to the lake, lower he
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Sep 25, 2012 5:00pm PDT
tend to rise to leadership positions. so control your stress. >> michael finney. >> and there is a challenging situation. and what is a rough ride. >> yes this, is interesting. american claims pilots are causing delays and cancellations leaving passengers in the dust saying pilots are calling in sick and says american is operating with aging planes so what about the passengers? some say flights are cancelled more than once. >> this is you back at work. i can't show up. i'm here. to them, i'm just a number. >> and tracker estimated 100 flights cancelled however, no disruptions were reported at san francisco international airport today.. >> there is home prices rebounded in july and nationwide home prices were up 1.2% in july. there is the july levels matched those we saw back in 2003, three years before the housing bubble burst. and saying it's the housing market finally healing. >> and how much do you tip your server? well, a new study shows the amount is creeping up. hard to believe but a study found customers are leaving well over 15%. more than one third left
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Sep 14, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. >> there is michael finney taking questions friday and will answer them here live. you can contact michael on facebook.com and on twitter. >> checking traffic in this 4:00 hour. downtown san francisco this is the view live looking out of the skyway. it's the normal crawl going left to right. there is more on abc 7 news at >>> breaking news we're following is in los angeles. a wildfire erupted in the hills above sepulveda pass on the east side of interstate 405. there is lots of smoke, blistering heat and windy conditions are fanning flaips, fire officials say the fire burning through two acres of brush near the getty center art museum. it's closed as a precaution. the fire is approaching several large homes. we'll monitor this throughout the hour and bring updates here on abc 7 news at 4:00. >> there is serious online shop goinging noncalifornia. consumers bri tri to beat a law that begins charging taxes on most internet purchases. the law taxes take affect at midnight. shoppers can save between 7% to 9% by charging items through this evening. and state officials say the new law brings in $100 million
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Sep 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
greater spam traffic and more bogus charges in the future. >> michael finney. now, if you notice these charges on your bill, call your carrier and tell them to block all third party calls. it takes two minutes and then you never have to deal with this again. >>> the latest fight flick is taking over the box office. >> daddy, can i get this? >> whatever you want. >> "the possession" debuted at number one with $17 million in sales. tws a low key wrap -- it was a low key wrap to the season in hollywood. uh tendon was down 4%. opening in second, $10 million was the bootlegging drama "lawless." "the expenneddables 2" fell to number three after two weekends on top" the bourne legacy fell to third and paranorman costing $6 million. it could cost you more to eat pop corp at the movies. it went from $20 for a 50-powbd back to $$30 or more. >>> leigh, i always thought popcorn was already too expensive. >> i know. but you have to have it when you go to the movies. here is a look at your travel map if you have been visiting us in the bay area. if you have to go home, have a safe journey. hea
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Sep 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> that is fascinating. >> can't remember your pass words? >> new on abc 7 news at 6:00 michael finney tests out a service remembering them for >>> these days we're doing more socializing online, meaning creating many user names and pass words. >> and michael finney has a possible solution. oo yes. doi. most of us use this same pass word over again. having smg simple like welcome. a big one is pass word. and that is not secure. how are you supposed to remember all of the combinations of letters and numbers? well, now there is a way to use hundreds of pass word was out having to remember one. >> i thought for sure this was a another person. >> last time we saw eva she'd just fallen for a phishing scam. someone pretending to be from norton security took over her computer. >> she said, oh, good. give me your credit card number. i did. >> the scammers also got her user name, and pass word experts say that could do more damage. >> they get the list of user names and try those on bank of america, on g mail. >> seth shown studies internet scams and says predators get your user name from one site will t
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00pm PDT
warning. >> there is michael finney looking into the wayú >>> we've told you about scams involving phony sweep takes. >> they just don't stop. now on face wookbook and michael finney has a warning for anyone out there with facebook friends. >> conartists figure out how to hijack a facebook account and then impersonate them online. and. >> there is a chat with her good friend up in washington. the two chatted several times. >> we talked about church and cooking. >> it said she won $50,000 through power ball. >> and dawn said some friends were winners, too. including faye. >> she told me that my name was on there, too. and just e mail them. >> sure enough, there is this notice. >> i get a picture taken with mark zuckerberg. >> then, told faye she had to pay $950 delivery fee, and taxes. faye contacted dawn, and i can't afford $950. dawn replied that is how i got mine. dawn offered to pay part of the fee. >> dawn told me she'll send $300 to the place and her money went to. >> faye wrote back, i'm scared but trust you, then wired money to power ball. >> they went congratulationses and i call
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Sep 30, 2012 9:00am PDT
an opportunity is free it's worth talking about. here is michael finney doing the talking. >> friendly game of ping-pong with ceo of credit company. they believe they shouldn't have to pay for their own credit scores. >> we are completely flee site. >> they use credit karma for that purpose. he was slim of identity theft. >> it just gave me peace of mind i was keeping an eye on things. >> users can access credit score for free. not the widely used fico score but that is not the point here. joe is with consumer action. >> it gives you a score that is not very useful by itself. if you keep track of that score and find out if it is going up or down, that is also going to be mimicking whether your real credit score is going up or down. >> credit sesame offers a similar service. it gives you a free fico score but there is a difference. >> i like credit karma because i can pull your report and see how it changes. with the other one, you have to wait for a month. >> they are advertiser supported and makes it possible to keep the site free for 7.5 million users. >> a lot credit companies say they a
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Sep 11, 2012 4:00pm PDT
, michael finney is looking at what you need to know to protect your data when getting ready to recycle smart phone autos taking a look at traffic it's slow going. you can see for drivers across the bay bridge... it's been this way since about 2:30 today. for folks heading south, quite a bit easier. the news at 4:00 continues right after this. >>> a couple of hoursing akre mark zuckerberg broke his silence, speaking for the first time since the rocky initial public offering. he touched on the drop and speaking to a packed crowd and facebook shares closed today at $19.43, down nearly 50% from the ipo price. he says that it's obviously been disappointing. >> we care about shareholders and the commitment is that we're going to make the world more open and connected and we're going to do things we think goring to build value. >> abc 7 is at the conference, he tweeted zuckerberg was talking a mile per minute and seemed to be making up for a silence since the ipo. and there is a live report coming up at abc 7 news at 6:00. >> and plus, google getting a jump on apple today. we're live from blo
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Sep 13, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> coming up, 7 on your side's michael finney reports a man sold something online and couldn't get money for week autos because of the rights you waive when you sign up for pay pal. >>> back now live to oakland hills we've been watching this fire burning in the 7100 block of norfolk. >> it appears firefighters have gotten some control over this, hard to tell but this does not appear to be spreading and like there is a frenzy of activity at the site. and so let's hope everything is under control. we'll keep you posted here. >> and frustration is mounting among pay pal user that's cannot get access to money they've deposited into their own accounts. >> michael finney joins with us his findings. >> this is similar. it's typical to place holds on deposits but the holds placed by pay pal can be four times longer as much as 21 days. >> says available balance, zero. >> sam gold couldn't believe the pay pal account had a hero balance. the man just sold a stereo on ebay. the money deposited into his pay pal account. pay pal put a 21 day hold on the funds. it says to protect it's customers. >> wha
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Sep 14, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. live in downtown oakland, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >> and later tonight michael finney will look into how the fbi can force a company to turn over their records on you. >> and there is a celebration going on in oakland now that is in a neighborhood south of lake merit. those living there have been battling prostitution for years. and tonight word of a new plan to tut putt jobs on notice. wayne? >> there is sometimes to make a point you need a show of force there is over interest there a group of local people, business owners and residents that are surrounding local dignitaries and this is a scene that hasn't happened here a long time and there is a now they seem to be gaining ground. >> there is this only residents in oakland there. is a not so friendly dog with a bark and apparent willingness to bite. >> with this closure it's going to lower prostitution in our area and hopefully, we won't be seeing them as much. >> there is malgin having a daughter in 4th grade having to explain prostitution to her. >> we know they're victim autos two decades international boulevard has become
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Sep 15, 2012 8:00am PDT
on budgeted doesn't mean you have to give up on all the fun. i'm michael finney, later, three tips to put you on the road to fun and financial security. >>> we're looking at a live picture at santa cruz where lisa argen assures me it's going to be sunny and great place to be even when it's foggy. later on the sun is going to shine but if you want it right now, go to vollmer and mount diablo. top of tam has got some sun. take it easy and enjoy the sunny morning and lisa argen says she means everywhere. >>> a welcome distraction to stanford students as a film crew overtook part of the campus for a film. jonathan bloom was there with the star struck students. >> there is music in the air, yeah! whoa, yea. >> the last time they were together was in the wedding crashes but lately they have been showing up together again on college campuses. >> here they are walking with the notre dame football team and the duo was recently spotted at georgia tech filming scenes for the upcoming movie the intern. much to the delight of the students they're filming more scenes here at stanford. >> it's pretty cool t
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Aug 31, 2012 5:00pm PDT
a good weekend. >> i don't know how we're going to get it in. >> dinner and dessert on michael finney tonight. don't go away, free stuff is next. >> stick around for that and it's a new day for an old stadium. on abc 7 news we're going to give you. >> i look at renovations at cal memorial stadium. the game is tomorrow. >> this summer you made the sleep train dream campaign a success. as a thank you to all of our fans, $30,000 is being donated to the ticket to dream foundation. >>> long weekend is here. >> and no better way to kick it off. >> we're brown bagging it. >> i love it. >> there is this hamburger. i need a piece of paper. and pulled pork. >> wow. >> and you're going to love this thing. served on that toasted, seeded bun. and this is a $5 card. it's amazing. >> and i want to pull an onion string, i'm holding back. >> there is gelato. and so you might want to get in on this. this comes in traditional flavors. and this is a darned good deal. and why would you spend that? >> how can we get it free? >> let me tell you right here. at any time you can log on as lng as you're there g
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Sep 4, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. >> and michael finney shows you how retailers are already beginning to compete for your holiday shopping dollars. stay with us. news continues right here at abc 7 news at 5:00 in one minute. >>> san francisco police looking for three women targeting elderly members of the community. the victim is a lady, the woman in pink. police say the victim, the women approached the woman and convince hder she stepped on blood and the only way to get rid of spirits is giving her money and jewelry blessed. the suspect took off with the valuables. monday they struck again, using that conon another victim making off with 35,000s ndz cash. >> and hackers say they have tapped into an fbi agent lap top, gaining access to one million unique device numbers for apple products. the hacking collective then leaked all of the numbers and says it's an effort to cull attention to what it says is evidence that the government is potentially tracking people, apple did allow developers to access numbers to monitor user activity and target ads. the cap last announced it was phasing out that kind of access. >> and well, in this
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Sep 6, 2012 5:00pm PDT
window blinds. >> michael finney has a warning tonight. >> this happened in 2009. tonight a warning to stop using these blinds. the consumer products safety commission announced recall of 450,000 blinds from blind express out of michigan custom made sold from 1995 until last year. the agency says a 2-year-old girl was strangled when getting caught in the loop. the recall affects blinds on cords that do not attach to the floor. and owners of the blinds should order a free repair kit. i've posted information you feed on abc 7 news.com. >> looking for a job or career? one of the fastest growing industries is home health care. the state projects the number of aids will increase by 32,000 in california by year 2020. tee mand for workers is soaring as 78 million baby boomers get older and a spokesperson explains here. >> this is a growing need to have care giving to help them with activities of daily living at home. so they don't have to move to an assistive live chg is expensive. >> this bill would require a home health care aids and other care workers to receive overtime, 30 minute lunc
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Sep 7, 2012 11:00am PDT
that is prompting a new warning. michael finney has the details. then at 5, something the state is failing to do that is putting domestic violence shelters and the whip they protect at risk. those stories and more later today. >>> perfect pets are always cute this one takes the cake. >> lisa argen what do you have? >> i have a baby koala so is so cute, just two months old. an knee is here from the -- anita is here from the spca. tell us about this doll face. >> this young lady came in with her little brother who looks very much like her. and he is in the process, we hope of being adopted that's why she is by herself today. her age and weight about the same two months, two pounds. >> she is too cute. >> she is a darling little girl you came close to having to do perfect pet without a pet today, i almost brought her home. >> i can see why. >> they would be a wonderful pet for anybody. you want her to turn around? >> yeah, call 5 -- you said her brother might have a home? >> i hope so, probably not i deal for a family with very young -- ideal for a family with very young children. >> thanks for joi
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Sep 20, 2012 5:00pm PDT
retailers not doing enough to remove harmful amounts of lead and there is michael finney following this story after firing dangerous levels of led found in purses at retailers including forever 21, nordstrom and the center for environmental health say they're slow to take the i'm yimts off the shelves. >> california trying to get ahead of the fastest growing drug problem among american teenagers prescription painkiller abuse. there is a panel discussing options and according to a study, one in five teenagers has taken a prescription drug without a prescription z they're not getting them on the streets. >> there is a high percentage yeng say they got it from a family member or friend or a friend of theirs got it from a family member or a friend willingly or just taken out of a cabinet. >> and there is 200 million prescriptions written in 2009 up from 40 million. >> and there is three finalists competing for teacher of the year award. tonight what they are doing in the classroom that sets them apart. >> carol miller spells out words by singing letters. and miller teaches and has been
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Sep 21, 2012 11:00am PDT
. then at 4:00, generators are a big help when the power goes out. michael finney looks into the best options plus a big safety warning. at 5, new says problems for blackberry users today as apple rolls out iphone 5. those stories and more later today at 4 and 5. >>> time for friday's perfect pet. lisa argen is back with a new friend. >> yeah, hi. i have jamie holt with me from the spca. who do you have? >> this is cleo she is a leopard dog which is a hound dog from louisiana. >> if you didn't know that he is just looks so mellow. >> yeah, she is great with dogs, a wonderful all around pet, great with children, doesn't need a lot of exercise, just a wonderful -- >> look at that face. give cleo a home she just dying for a little love, right. thank you jamie. you have an event next weekend? >> we do in -- going to be free adoptions. local rescue group there is. 12 to 4. >> thank you. >>> for all of us here thanks for joining us today. >> who wants to be a >> who wants to be a millionaire is next. [ female announcer ] now get high speed internet at home on our newly expanded advanced digital net
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Sep 26, 2012 11:00am PDT
are the best and which should you avoid? michael finney checks out some of the biggest. >> then at 5, parents against childhood vaccines lose a key court battle. those stories and more at 4 and 5 >>> the first "dancing with the stars" all-star has been sent home. >> pamela anderson was at the bottom of the judges' header board and the viewers didn't save her. they only danced once the rough cha-cha monday. pamela skipped out on interviews after she was eliminated. >> she finally talked on jimmy kimmel live. next monday the quick-step and the jive. watch "dancing with the stars" monday and tuesday nights right here on abc7. you add t
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Sep 11, 2012 5:00pm PDT
surprisingly good news in mailbox autos michael finney has good news. >> we don't hear good news and mortgage very much. do we? we're today. we've told you plenty of stories of frustrated homeowners getting a run around. they try to negotiate a loan modification this, story just the opposite. some chase customers are getting mod ficks without even asking for them. this this has to do with a jeltment between attorneys generals of 49 states and five largest lenders. chase agreed to $4 billion in mortgage relief, sending out notices to customers but it's not waiting for those that it knows will qualify. one received a notice in the mail reducing the mortgage rate from 6.5% down to 2.8%. this includes reward for bank that's complete their adjustments within a year. >> you may have seen commercials advertising california based lender cash call. a judge ordered a company to pay $13 million in penalties and to cancel all rates and west virginia attorney general says cash call charged rates at 90% which there is well above limits. >> and tomorrow apple is expected to reveal the muc much-anticipated i
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Sep 14, 2012 5:00pm PDT
's friday free stuff. >> there is michael finney with something for those of you with fine taste in food and the arts. >> yes. and can i leave now? >> the rev of us, right? >> there is cheryl say being how you ought to use this. >> yes. >> there is this cheese crumbles made by goat cheese. you may know we've been giving away products before. they're only found at deli section safeway, and there are all kinds of cheeses but this is one we're giving away today. there is a full thing worse and it's inexpensive but there is high culture we're talking about here. check this out. opera at the ballpark. san francisco opera web core builders and giants partnering to bring this live simulcast. and there is a building at at and t spark free. you can go down on the grass and watch or stay up in the seats and check it out. >> that is fantastic. how to get this? >> dial this number. then, i'll tell you. and you can log on and while you're there, there are two additional item autos more >>> coming up, michael fin gee back looking into how the fbi can get away with obtaining records without telling you
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Sep 7, 2012 11:30am PDT
:00, the space heater that is prompting a new warning. michael finney has the details. then at 5, something the state is failing to do that is putting domestic violence shelters and the whip they protect at risk. those stories and more later today. >>> perfect pets are always cute this one takes the cake. >> lisa argen what do you have? >> i have a baby koala so is so cute, just two months old. an knee is here from the -- anita is here from the spca. tell us about this doll face. >> this young lady came in with her little brother who looks very much like her. and he is in the process, we hope of being adopted that's why she is by herself today. her age and weight about the same two months, two pounds. >> she is too cute. >> she is a darling little girl you came close to having to do perfect pet without a pet today, i almost brought her home. >> i can see why. >> they would be a wonderful pet for anybody. you want her to turn around? >> yeah, call 5 -- you said her brother might have a home? >> i hope so, probably not i deal for a family with very young -- ideal for a family with very young
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Sep 21, 2012 11:30am PDT
. michael finney looks into the best options plus a big safety warning. at 5, new says problems for blackberry users today as apple rolls out iphone 5. those stories and more later today at 4 and 5. >>> time for friday's perfect pet. lisa argen is back with a new friend. >> yeah, hi. i have jamie holt with me from the spca. who do you have? >> this is cleo she is a leopard dog which is a hound dog from louisiana. >> if you didn't know that he is just looks so mellow. >> yeah, she is great with dogs, a wonderful all around pet, great with children, doesn't need a lot of exercise, just a wonderful -- >> look at that face. give cleo a home she just dying for a little love, right. thank you jamie. you have an event next weekend? >> we do in -- going to be free adoptions. local rescue group there is. 12 to 4. >> thank you. >>> for all of us here thanks for joining us today. >> who wants to be a >> who wants to be a [ male announcer ] if you're ready to get more from your tv service, now's a great time to get at&t u-verse tv. make the switch! [ megan ] call now to get at&t u-verse tv
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Sep 26, 2012 11:30am PDT
avoid? michael finney checks out some of the biggest. >> then at 5, parents against childhood vaccines lose a key court battle. those stories and more at 4 and 5 >>> the first "dancing with the stars" all-star has been sent home. >> pamela anderson was at the bottom of the judges' header board and the viewers didn't save her. they only danced once the rough cha-cha monday. pamela skipped out on interviews after she was eliminated. >> she finally talked on jimmy kimmel live. next monday the quick-step and the jive. watch "dancing with the stars" monday and tuesday nights right here on abc7.
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Sep 3, 2012 2:00am PDT
of putting third party charges on a phone bill the customer never requested. michael finney looks into it. >> he is showing me ph mobile phone bill. it has the usual charges, and then there are a tbrowp of new w fee -- there are a group of new fees. >> i see five different charges for month. i don't recognize them. >> al is not alone. this is becoming a common complaint. the mobile phone bills loaded with nonphone company charges. they are charges for sports scores, daily horoscopes or those types of services. consumers are told they ordered the service and consumers say they did not. >> they could when they get somebody who says they have my signature, and they don't. they could send me an announcement and say this company wishes to charge $9.90 a month. do you approve it? how hard is that to do? >> wireless carriers have a powerful incentive to pro long the problem. they get a third of thegotten rn gotten revenue that these schemers derive when they cram your phone bill. >> that's rideout. he says call your phone can company to have the charges dropped. >> some of the third party biller
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